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a saudi prince defragged say no to the molecules practices of injustice abuse and killings the gangs those willing to expose the wrong doings of the ruling elite he talks to him exclusively. while jails they're a bustling at the scenes with political prisoners saudi arabia is eagerly promoting tolerance abroad and made muted international condemnation towards its toxics at home. also his staunchest allies and nuclear rivals told the n.s.a.'s global spying list that it's not terrorism but foreign policy and economic espionage dominating that trend. to boy called on all to gay rights activists us anytime whether the winter olympics
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trade be the target of protests against russia's new law on promus sexuality propaganda to mind it's. new so russia under wrong the well this is all t.v. with me thanks for joining us. mind told to say otherwise you could end up a languishing in jail at best that's apparently the message the saudi authorities are sending to their nationals the country's prisons are packed with and who are accessories whose number by some estimates is more than thirty thousand already the crackdown has exposed a chasm within the ruling family as well as he arabic spoke exclusively to saudi prince then of her hand also who became a dissident himself taking a stand against the monarchy as methods. the government is obviously scared of the
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arab revolutions and they responded as they usually do by resorting to oppression violence arbitrary law and arrest the easiest thing they can do is deprive you of your salary or fire you altogether so the ruling regime is not guarded by justice and this is especially true of the ministry of interior there is no independent judiciary as both police and the process. anabelle to the interior ministry the ministries officials investigate crimes they call them crimes related to freedom of speech so they fabricate evidence don't allow people to have attorneys things like that happen all over the place they even put people under arrest for an indefinite amount of time even if a court rules to release such a criminal or the ministry of interior keeps him in prison even though there is a court order to release him and there have even been killings killings and as for
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the external opposition saudi intelligence forces by means people abroad there is no safety inside or outside the country could you describe these people who oppose the royal family and what are their goals opposition used to demand wider peoples representation in governing bodies more rights and freedom but the authorities reacted with violence and persecution instead of a dialogue and now the opposition wants this regime gone but we both know that despite numerous human rights violations in saudi arabia your country seldom faces criticism from the west and from the united states in particular when senior u.s. officials meet with their saudi counterparts basically convey any critical comments from washington visibly riyadh what the white house certainly does maintain a longstanding alliance with the leaders of saudi arabia cemented by common interests in the middle east to that end there are classified contacts between urrea in the u.s.
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administration in recent time they've been employed to step up the government administered reforms but those reforms are not driven by the elites desire to empower the people of the kingdom that instead they are merely urged by reforms that the regime might fall unless it reforms itself oppression is widespread in saudi arabia there's no free speech no freedom of expression corruption is rampant in all areas from the level bureaucrats to high ranking officials in every civil servant is very skillful in using. in the robber asians. and despite saudi arabia's firm drive to tighten the noose around the necks of political activists at home it's still freely preaching liberal ideas and tolerance to others of his linsey france looks not why exactly this political line is being widely labeled as hypocritical. as saudi arabia violently squashes the voice of any opposition we see it sitting front and center in discussions of the democratic transition of power within other countries such as syria on the one hand it reportedly ships arms to
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the opposition in syria on the other hand peaceful opposition in saudi arabia is answered with prison sentences torture even death for people whose voice their own opinion in fact in october two thousand and twelve amnesty international calls on the saudi authorities to stop using excessive force against pro-democracy protesters here are just a few examples from this year alone on june seventeenth meet cliff mari was convicted of sowing discord and other offenses through writings and exposure of human rights abuses he got five years in prison june twenty fourth seven men were convicted of inciting protests illegal gatherings and breaking allegiance with the king mostly by joining facebook pages and posting messages they each got between five and ten years in prison that we've got website editor rafe badawi convicted of insulting islam and authorities through his website and during television interviews he was sentenced to seven years in prison and six hundred lashes in these conditions anyone with something substantial to say about the government society or religion would be blamed for keeping
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a low profile and this is where the man being called the saudi of songe comes in no one knows who he is what he looks like or where he lives his prolific tweets denouncing the ruling family as corrupt and enriching themselves from government coffers have earned him over a million followers he is known only as much to heat i spoke with him over google chat to find out why he stays in hiding because it's not for safety i asked him why you remains anonymous he said ironically anonymity boost his credibility and the courage of people to follow him and talk about his stories without worrying i asked if this meant that people could pay less attention to his biography and more attention to his message he pointed out the regime can destroy your credibility easily. and deter people from dealing with you if your identity is public while a heat is forced on the ground in new monarchie backed religious diversity center has launched its own charm offensive in vienna according to its mission statement
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it encourages dialogue among followers of different religions and cultures king abdullah has also announced a donation of one hundred million to set up a united nations center for fighting terrorism one of its four pillars is to prevent conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism and ensuring respect for human rights so while the king's clerics preach a hardline form of islam that often becomes a breeding ground for extremism saudi arabia is assuming a moral high ground in advising other nations in transitional democracy germany is facing an avalanche of criticism over its have to arms deals with saudi arabia and other gulf nations who can't exactly boast of having better human rights records than riyadh. weapons exports to the gulf monarchies have almost tripled in just a yes' from five hundred and seventy million euros in twenty eleven to of in twenty twelve and merkel's government has approved weapons exports of more than
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eight hundred million euros in the first half of this year suggesting the level will continue to grow the six countries in the region berlin sells weapons to saudi arabia bahrain qatar kuwait oman and the united arab emirates several of which have seen government crackdowns on the regime protesters since the arab spring saudi arabia is the biggest buyer security hardware worth one point twenty four billion euros was sold there last year x. of us also claimed german made small firearms ammunition and military vehicles were commonly used by middle east and north african regimes to suppress peaceful demonstrations and adam kugel from human rights watch believes foreign players should drop their business interests and think twice before supplying gulf monarchies with weapons. western countries in general should look at the widespread crackdown that's going on against human rights political and pro reform activists going on in the country when they make these deals they should these governments
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that have good relationships with the saudis should make it clear that what they're doing. is really goes against the pro reform agenda that king abdullah has been trumpeting since he came to power in two thousand and five what we've seen in the last at least i could say in two thousand and thirteen is an increasing crackdown we've seen many high profile convictions over the last few months women's rights activists are uni and was she on the way there got ten months in prison for merely trying to assist a woman who was in distress who claimed that she was she was not being provided enough food to live and they they went to her house to try to help or in the police arrested her so we're seeing a widespread campaign against anyone who speaks out against the policies of the. the current government and any activist who calls for human rights reforms and political reforms and i think that these western countries that have military relationships or other relationships with saudi arabia should make clear that this
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is unacceptable behavior. morally documents obtained from edward snowden earlier this year shedding further light on america's global surveillance not what the latest papers offer a tiered list of washington's top targets for spying but also especially surprising is that the e.u. in america zizou ranks just behind the lines of china russia and iran on his piece on to reports now on the time as as well. of the latest information to come out about the n.s.a. spying scandal is being published in news magazine here in germany the. documents that were leaked by edward snowden and dated from april of this year now those documents outlining just the extent of how the united states was spying on e.u. countries now the twenty eight member states it says were looked at in terms of foreign policy international trade and economic stability apparently security
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related but those were the the areas in which the n.s.a. pursued the hardest now there was also spying taking place and information being gathered with regards to technology and energy as well now also revealed in these documents that have been put forward in news magazine show a breakdown of the countries which the n.s.a. targeted the most now they split into a couple of key is of importance now in the in the top to have countries like china russia iran pakistan and north korea but just underneath that you have countries like germany france and japan all nations that consider themselves allies and close allies of that of the united states now these revelations as they continue to come out from those huge bundles and bundles and bundles of information that edward snowden brought with them when he when he fled from the national security agency from the contractors that he was working with continued to turn up
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a treasure trove of information about just what was going on and these most recent documents seem to back up previous leaked documents that showed that the n.s.a. was spying on the e.u. e.u. offices both brussels as well as around the world now when those when that information was released in should be legal magazine a few months ago well that caused outrage across europe and we're seeing more of that now as these latest revelations come out that the e.u. was seen as a key target for spying by the united states. all this continues a tragic pattern of bloodshed in iraq and as the death toll drones by the day worldwide concern over the country's future is growing while washington places a ten million dollar bounty on they are kind to cheap in iraq expert opinion they say. doing away with the international monetary fund to hungary pays pockets huge debt ahead of the shed you hoping to be
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a read of bankers meddling in itself are enough as that and much more after the break. i. told you my language and what i will only react to situations i have read the reports for. the pollution to the no i will leave them to the state department to comment on your latter point to say gauge the security of a car is on the docket no god. no job no more weasel words when you have a direct question be prepared for
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a change when you run you should be ready for a. freedom of speech and little doubt the freedom to watch. i. i. you're watching r c live from moscow welcome back al qaeda has claimed responsibility for saturday's massive string of bombings that have battered iraq killing more than ninety people since the beginning of the of the month and more than three hundred people in the country have died in the violence a figure that's fast approaching the total for the entire august last year and also this july was the deadliest since two thousand and days with monthly losses of
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a level not seen in the years and margaret tangere investigated because the quinces of the u.s. led military campaign in iraq and things the war made the country for tile ground for terrorists. of ironic that the us now is to chase al qaeda in iraq while before the war al-qaeda was almost totally absent from the country so i do think it says something about the chaos the military intervention has brought about it says something about the fact that when you destroy a country obviously all kinds of terrorist groups armed groups will be free to act in any way they like let's be honest i mean there's no way just a bounty will solve the problem of terrorism in iraq terrorism is not just by repression it's followed by giving basic services like giving health care to the iraqis by giving a decent education system those things should be guaranteed the destruction brought about by war has. totally destroyed any form of health care i mean at a decent level at least. and always more stories on our website for you including
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the man at the wheel the norwegian prime minister can be uniformed secret find out whether people think he's a good leader but only proving himself a mediocre driver as a result. and india's naval behemoths the country launches its vast domestically designed and built aircraft carrier joining the walls military believes just two days after presenting its debut need clear submarine that story and much more at r.t. dot com. tired of the international monetary fund's meddling behind gehring government has paid off its twenty billion euro debt ahead of shared your lawmakers are now calling on the i.m.f. to pack up and leave but have has been at odds with the global financial body for years over what the government termed. interference and exterior chefs care of
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course now on how hungry caterpillar. this can garion family can now enjoy picking a pram for their soon to be born child when the global recession reached the country they struggled to repay their mortgage but thanks to a government support program their flat now belongs to them and they've saved at least ten thousand euro in that time to their. situation the government is now quite strong. they're not soft steps but look at hungary's economy of late and you'll be hard pressed to find much to be optimistic about the economy is now fading better than during the recession but still most of the important developing figures are in negative territory while inflation is even higher than in the crisis years the country's opposition firmly believes hungry would stagnate without a good reason to be c.p.i. . fonts and this is very important ninety seven percent of the new
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developments today finance from e.u. money however seeing what's happening in greece and spain budapest is not keen on grabbing the hands of the international lenders and in this case it goes beyond merely the bravado rhetoric often voiced by the country's prime minister. thirty steps between the building of the national bank of hungary and the head office of the international monetary fund in budapest but that is this close as they get a letter from one building to another at the end of july said that hungary no longer required the services of the i.m.f. and that its employees must leave the country as soon as possible the country's deputy economics minister is tight lipped on any kind of open hostility towards brussels or the knowledge is that it was the e.u. bureaucrats are offering. the past his message is we can handle it on our own but a greece that level is according to g.d.p. after two hundred structuring and averaging is hundred sixty percent in hungary to
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present the european. averages know about eighty five percent we are able to find a public that on the market will have to introduce the reference which make a country more competitive and that is what we have done in the last couple of years and i think they are a good basis to have an independent economy policy next year hungary will host parliamentary elections and some say the hardline stance with the e.u. may be part of a political campaign by the leadership but analysts are not ruling out that should be government be reelected the prime minister may take his standoff with brussels to a completely new level by initiating a referendum on leaving the ropy and union altogether. auntie reporting from budapest in hungary. russia's under pressure from the global gay community which wants a boycott of the upcoming winter olympics in sochi that i worry about
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a new law which bans so-called gay propaganda calling the measure brutal and fascist russian authorities say they are only trying to protect minus so let's not get more live with a pull scott paul high that so is that the show reaction that the controversy just won't go away will it ever since russia adopted the so-called gay propaganda law there have been calls from a prominent human rights activist to boycott all things russia from russian vodka to the winter olympics to be held in sochi in twenty fourteen russia have made an official response today the interior ministry saying that there will be no discrimination during the sochi twenty fourteen winter olympics and any suggestion that there will be a totally founded rumors now russia's human rights commissioner has also weighed in with his suggestion saying that he is surprised that there have been calls to boycott the olympics and he points to a lesson from history saying the boycotts in the past have never achieved anything of course america led a boycott of the one nine hundred eighty summer games which were held in moscow he
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says the boycott. achieve nothing he says that a boycott in itself would be discriminatory would be appeasing one minority to discriminate against another because disabled athletes would be allowed the platform to perform the power and then picked games and he also feels that politics are perhaps behind some of these calls for a boycott to human rights concerns perhaps that the the real issue here when there are indeed political undertones to this and he says that if anyone is concerned discriminated against in russia then they should simply follow complain to him here is what he had to say. just to me that i want to open them which i know during the ten years of my working as the human rights commissioner they have been very few complaints about the civil rights of these people being violated for the sole reason of them being homosexual nevertheless whenever such complaints were made we thoroughly investigated and of course being the commissioner in the run up to the games during the games and very importantly after the games i will always be
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reacting to such complaints based on the simple constitutional principle they have the same civil rights as anyone else is just well there was also a response because one of the main calls for a boycott of the winter olympics came from prominent british stephen fry who write an open letter to british prime minister david cameron and to the president of the international olympic committee suggesting there should be a boycott of the games even comparing them to the games that were held in berlin in one thousand nine hundred thirty six of course in nazi germany but the human rights commissioner for russia says that those comparisons show gross ignorance to compare this law to the holocaust. live from moscow thank you very much scott for that will be a poll saying kitty we'll talk to you later. and political commentator adriana helton believes while protests are acceptable but are costing the olympics would
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have shaven. there's a constant leitmotif of keeping sports out of politics i have no objection at all to stephen fry's exhortation to sports people all over the world to gesture like this but we also rob flippantly suggested that they object and protest like that that there's a certain levity in the whole protest that i find a little distasteful by all means protest if you want to wear rainbow colored tops or pink tops do so i just don't think this that he said is essential is essential at all there's much more to be achieved by engaging and participating than by banning and boycotting a message worth millions of dollars lost among the al waves the last has been trying to transmit its wired of democracy to cuba for decades with next to no
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success even a special broadcast plane didn't help washington break through their signal jamming and even though no one's listening america keeps the program alive and he's going after can explain. old habits die hard having spent decades unsuccessfully attempting to undermine the cuban government the u.s. keeps trying washington funds a t.v. channel and a radio station that specifically target a cuban audience with programming that features prominent cuban dissidents what you are doing to an opportunity. and projects like toward democracy which the channel's website advertises as a how to guide for transitioning from dictatorship to democracy all done in the hopes that one day the communist leadership in cuba will fall how soon do you think that's going to. well i hope so i'm probably three years we need to work really hard maybe the martín media are working very hard but the cuban public remains
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largely unaware of their efforts which have you ever heard of radio most. know i know nothing about it. the marquee itself acknowledges the limited reach of its radio and t.v. programs we don't have any way to reach that with the information in the general queue of people became a government jams the martys radio and t.v. signals to circumvent that the us has employed a variety of methods one of them arrow marty a plane that had been flying over cuba to transmit us broadcasts the us broadcasting board of governors that oversees iraq marty has asked congress to discontinue the program two years in a row admitting it has been a failure it's hard to believe we're still wasting millions of taxpayer dollars on beaming a jam t.v. signal that fewer than one percent of cubans can see from an airplane to the oil and at a time when u.s. lawmakers cut funding on social programs for a low workers at
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a time when we hear calls to defund u.s. public radio and television washington still spends millions of dollars every year on a media operation to overthrow the cuban government in washington i'm going to check on now for next the latest happenings in the world of sport with cage to stand us. a.
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wealthy british. market. find out what's really happening to the global economy with mike's cancer for a no holds barred look at the global financial headlines two kinds of reports. hello and welcome i'm kate partridge and this is the r.t. weekly sports show half an hour of top sport for russia and all around the globe
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coming up let's start in the capital. lightning strikes olympic champion you saying bolt regains the one hundred meter world title as he overhauls justin gatlin to win gold on a rainy night here in moscow. while looking up fabio capello's russia target top spot in group best as they prepare for wednesday's trip to northern ireland in their latest world cup qualifier. and the sky's the limit one hundred two one russian daredevils join together amid a into formations for another world record in the skies above moscow. but first athletics and after a spectacular fireworks display over the luzhniki stadium on to the start of moscow's maiden world championships it was you saying bolt who took center stage as the jamaican lived up to his nickname of the sprint king fighting off the rain to
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claim a blistering victory in the one hundred meters the heavens open just before the blue ribbon event and despite a lightning flashes feeling the light sky all eyes were on the other bolt as the six time olympic champion powered past america's justin gatlin to regain his crown in the season's best time of nine point seven seven seconds after a full starting debut two years ago the twenty six year old is also off the new world record but he was still within move. forward you better which is just what. it was. you know to talk about it was their words it was always what i came here for to remark that. while the host nation claims their first goal courtesy of luca alexander even though of after the twenty year old prevailed in the twenty kilometer event on double olympic champion mo farah out won the men's ten thousand meters to holding off title holder even to him.


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